Retirement at 68


Q. I turn 48 this month. I’m seeking federal employment. Can I still earn a retirement pension from the federal government at age 68? I’m looking into becoming a program analyst, contract specialist or something within business operations. I will not look into positions involving law enforcement, firefighting or air traffic control, where I hear those folks are limited to a maximum age.

A. If you are hired by the federal government, your age won’t be a factor. You’ll be able to retire as soon as you have five years of service. And each year you work beyond that will increase the amount of your annuity.



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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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